Located at the top of Montara Montain Range with sweeping Pacific Ocean Views, Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park offers a wide variety of cremation and burial options, and a multilingual staff for your convenience.


Which Faiths Allow Cremation?

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Cremation is a common practice for people of many faiths. While some religions allow their followers to perform cremation services, others explicitly forbid the practice. Both Buddhism and Hinduism allow bodies to be cremated. Followers of the Hindu faith are actually mandated to have their bodies cremated, as this is an essential step in the burial process. Other religions, such as Catholicism and the Greek Orthodox, have historically forbid cremation in any form. Persons who follow these religions must ensure that their bodies are buried after death. Certain religions, such as Christianity, do not take a firm stance for or against the practice of cremation.

No matter what your faith mandates about cremation or burial services, Skylawn Memorial Park can accommodate your wishes. We can help you pre-plan a funeral with the burial practices of your religion in mind. For more information about cremation services in San Mateo, call us at (650) 349-4411.

Green Burials: What Pre-Planners Need to Know

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When you choose to pre-plan your own funeral, you will have the ability to make sure that your burial is in accordance with your wishes. As you are reviewing your burial options, you might want to consider the advantages of a green burial. Green burials have become increasingly popular for people who are concerned about protecting about the environment. Let's take a look at what you need to know about planning a green burial.

Clarify Your Intentions
A green burial is a type of burial that has a minimal impact on the environment. As you are pre-planning your green burial, it is essential to identify which aspects of environmental protection are most important to you for your burial. You can choose to focus on using fewer natural resources, or you may want to ask to be buried in a way that conserves natural habitat for wildlife.

Consider Your Burial Container
During a green burial, materials other than conventional caskets or urns may be used to house a person's remains. Your funeral provider can offer you a list of options for your burial container. If minimizing environmental impact is important for your wishes, you may want to choose a burial container that is biodegradable.

Select a Grave Marker
Depending on the regulations of your funeral park, you may have the option of selecting environmentally friendly materials for your grave marker. During certain green burials, the grave is marked by a special tree or flower. You may also consider having your name engraved on a natural rock or stone.

For additional information about burial services near San Mateo, get in touch with Skylawn Memorial Park. Our memorial park offers green burial services to our patrons, and we will work closely with you while you pre-plan a funeral in accordance with your wishes. To speak with a member of our team about the different options that are available at our park, give us a call at (650) 349-4411.

Common Questions About Funeral Receptions

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A funeral reception is a time when family and friends gather together to celebrate the life and mourn the death of a loved one. As you are arranging a burial at a funeral home, you will want to make sure that you plan ahead for the reception. By finding the right venue for your funeral reception, you will provide your family and friends with an appropriate space to grieve and console one another. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about funeral receptions.

Should the funeral reception be held before or after the service?
When you are planning the funeral reception, you may have questions about whether it should take place before or after the burial and funeral services have concluded. In fact, the timing of the reception is up to your personal preferences and the wishes of your loved ones. While some families choose to hold the reception after the burial, others hold the reception beforehand.

What types of refreshments do I need to serve?
Food and drinks are typically served at funeral receptions. While you want to make sure that your guests have access to food and drinks, you should keep in mind that appetites may be lighter than usual.

Where should I hold the funeral reception?
While you might consider holding your funeral reception at a private home, your memorial park will also have spaces that are dedicated to receptions and services. Holding your reception at the funeral park will provide you with access to additional amenities, and will also make the reception more accessible to those who have attended the burial service.

If you need help planning funeral services in San Mateo, Skylawn Memorial Park will be there to assist you. Our cemetery offers a range of burial options, so you will be able to honor your loved one in a way that is fits your preferences. For more information about the services that our memorial park has to offer, give us a call at (650) 349-4411.

What You Need to Know About Sympathy Gifts

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A sympathy gift is a donation to a specific cause or charity group made in honor of a person who has passed away. It is typically made in lieu of sending flowers to the funeral home, and most families specify their preference for sympathy gifts in an obituary. The concern some people have when making sympathy gifts is that the family may not know when the donation has been made. Here is what you need to know about making sympathy gifts that truly provide comfort to the grieving family.

Is it acceptable to mention a sympathy gift?
Many people are worried that telling a grieving family about the sympathy gift that they have made will be perceived as thoughtless and self-serving. In reality, knowing that you made a contribution in honor of their lost loved one can provide the family with comfort. Because many charity groups don't send out notifications when they receive donations, you should let the family know that you have made a contribution in their loved one's honor. The key is finding the right time and place.

When and how can I mention my sympathy gift?
The easiest way to alert the family about a gift is to include a note on a sympathy card. You can complete a card and put it in the basket at the funeral home or mail it directly to the immediate family's house. Writing it in a sympathy card is preferred to mentioning it during funeral services because the family will be overwhelmed and may not remember. The written notification will stand out as the family reads the cards and bring them comfort. Try to make your donation as close to the funeral as possible, and send your written acknowledgment as soon as possible. Avoid mentioning the dollar amount you gave and instead simply mention the group to which you donated.

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park can alert your funeral guests to your preference for sympathy gifts in your loved one's honor, along with our full cremation and burial services. Contact our funeral home in San Mateo by calling (650) 349-4411.

Get Interactive Grief Support

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At Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, we recognize that our customers need more than help planning funeral services and understanding their options for green burial, cremation, and cemetery services. They also need our support in dealing with their grief. That is why we're pleased to offer grief support services to our customers who need them, including online, interactive grief counseling.

Our interactive grief support services are led by our executive counseling director. This grief resource consists of a series of videos to help you understand the process of grieving and the dynamic nature of your feelings. You can use the online tools to find the kind of support you need exactly when you need it, whether your loss was sudden or expected or whether your loss is new or old.

You're not alone when a loved one passes away. Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park can assist in every aspect of what comes next, including grief support and funeral planning in San Mateo. When you need our services, please call (650) 349-4411.

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